This edition reprints Volume 1 of an important two-volume Russian work which, at the time of its original publication, was the only comprehensive review in existence of the entire field of relativistic astrophysics. Subsequently revised and enlarged, both volumes remain today a valuable resource for physicists, astronomers, and others working in the field. The present volume is devoted to general relativity, properties of matter under astrophysical conditions, and stars and stellar systems. Individual topics include the theory of gravitation (including Einstein's gravitational equations), the equation of state of matter (cold matter, properties of matter at high temperatures, etc.) and relativistic stages of evolution of cosmic objects (equilibrium and stability of stars, stellar evolution, star clusters, more). The authors of this book rank among the great astrophysicists of the century: their work is especially remarkable for its deep physical insights and clarity of presentation. Those features are here in abundance, ready to inform and inspire both practicing astrophysicists and aspiring students.
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No one writes science as Zeldovich! The physics is always at the forefront, by the use of clever models and analogies. Either whether you start your General Relativity here or read this book in parallel to more standard texts, you'll be a much better practitioner. The treatment of neutron stars, for instance, is "just elegant", as Marilyn Monroe would say.
I'm not reviewing the book - I'm reviewing the printed copy. Like most Dover books from a few years ago, the copy is decent but not outstanding. For the price, one can't complain. The pages are on the thin side and text from the obverse is visible if a single page is viewed in a well lit room. The binding is standard for a paperback. Characters are usually crisp, but there is some very mild ghosting - enough to be visible if looked for, but not enough to be distracting during ordinary reading. All in all, a great buy for the price and thank you Dover for keeping books like this in print!
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